"The Unhurried Homeschooler" Review and Giveaway!

Monday, February 29, 2016

I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew I needed to read it! Over the years I have been that mom that is always saying, "Hurry up!" I have really been asking God to help me and sharing with you here how he is helping me, but I know that God is still working on un hurrying me. Thankfully Durenda( the author) was kind enough not only to give me a copy, but one to one of my readers as well!! I am so excited to be able to share this encouraging resource with you.

Reading this book was like a breath of fresh air to my homeschooling mama heart. 

I literally shed tears of relief as I read her heart for homeschoolers to walk in freedom not in fear. I realized through reading her book that so much of the pressure that I put on myself and my children is out of fear. Fear they won't succeed, fear that they are not keeping up with the public school system and fear that I am not a good enough teacher. I constantly have to remind myself not to base how I homeschool on these fears. I know that they are not founded on truths.

I feel like everything she wrote about an unhurried homeschool is what I have believed homeschooling to be about all along.  I felt like she was speaking directly to me as I nodded my head in agreement and gave a  hearty, "Amen sister!"

In my homeschooling journey I have been daily trying to slow down my tendencies to want to try to fit as much as possible in one day. But then I start thinking about all the things I am "supposed" to be teaching my children and there I go again...hurrying.

Not only does Durenda show you how to apply unhurrying to your home school but she shares studies to back up her theories, not only from credible sources but from her own 8 children! I love how she gave her children time to explore their interests and time to grow in areas that they were not excelling in at a young age but later on they more than excelled in these areas.

I have even seen this to be true for my own children. One example is of my son Judah. He was really struggling to read last year in 2nd grade. I felt I shouldn't push him any harder and just left him be over the summer. As we started third grade I was amazed at how all of a sudden he could read perfectly! Now I find him reading all the time without me even asking him! I can't take any credit for this but I know that by waiting till he was ready made such a huge difference in him wanting to read and in his ability to do so.


In this book you will not find someone telling you exactly how to homeschool or what the best curriculums are but you will find what I think we are all looking for as homeschoolers; a clear and definitive affirmation of why we started homeschooling in the first place.

We all want what is best for our children and families and that is why we chose to homeschool.

Durenda simply shares from her heart why we don't have to try to keep up with the public school system and why we need to stop putting so much pressure on ourselves and our children.

Like many of you, I homeschool my children for a number of reasons. One of which is that I want them to have a childhood free from stress and worry and loads of homework and testings. This in no way means that my children don't have to do things they don't like, or any book work or tests; it just means that I believe they should be free to be children and not have to face all the peer pressure and challenges that we as adults have to deal with.

If you are like me and need to constantly be reminded that you are the best teacher for your children and that you are teaching them life skills and qualities that are going to go far beyond what a book can teach or a test can determine...this book is for you!

I would love for you to enter the giveaway to receive your very own autographed copy of Durenda Wilson's book "The Unhurried Homeschooler" The giveaway will run for 2 weeks! Open to all!

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The catch phrase for her book is "A simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling." This is really true as I read through it in an afternoon not only because it was short but chocked full of such great encouragement and truths that I couldn't put it down! I really could go on and on about it but I hope you will enter the giveaway or purchase a copy for yourself!---> The Unhurried Homeschooler

Can you relate to me as well and find yourself hurrying yourself and your children?

Do you put pressure on yourself and your children to keep up?

Why did you start homeschooling?


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Rejuvenating Honey and Almond Oil face mask

Friday, February 26, 2016


I don't know why, but I recently realized that I need to start taking better care of my skin.  I know, I am a little slow to the game. I used to always think that I would get a head start on preventing wrinkles before I got too old, but here I am at 34 just starting to think about my skin, and those pesky wrinkles have already started creeping in. Don't worry I am not obsessed with staying young. I know my body will fade no matter what I do, but I would like to age gracefully if at all possible.

If you have read my blog long enough you know that my husband is a beekeeper and I...well... I help eat the honey and try to find useful ways to use honey and beeswax in our home. I am in no way an expert on skincare and anti aging treatments but just like you I can google just about anything and find out what I am wanting to know. Through a little experimenting I started mixing honey and almond oil and applying it to my face almost every day. That's pretty much it! I kind of feel silly writing a post about it because I really didn't discover anything new or come up with some amazing concoction. But you know what? I love when others share what they are doing to stay healthy and take care of their bodies, so why not!?

I am not sure what led me to put the honey and almond oil together. I think just had a ton of honey on hand(of course) and some almond oil and thought, "Why not, they both are really good for your skin!?"

So here's the skinny on these two healthy powerhouses.

Honey

Honey is naturally antibacterial, which means it's great for treating and preventing acne. Good news for me!! I still struggle with breakouts and acne:( It is also full of antioxidants, which you guessed it... are good at slowing down aging( if possible) Double bonus!! Not only does it do all this but it also helps moisturize and soothe your skin giving it a healthy glow as it opens up your pores!!!  Woo hoo!! (source)

 I want to clarify that our honey is raw honey. So don't just think any honey you buy off the grocery shelf will be the same, because it's not. Raw honey has not been heated, pasteurized, or processed; preserving all it's natural enzymes and phytonutrients and natural vitamins.

Almond Oil

With regular use, Vitamin E in the almond oil will help diminish wrinkles and crowfeet under eyes. The vitamin E in almond oil can rejuvenate and lighten skin under eyes. Umm... Yeah! It also nourishes the skin and helps to lock in moisture and keep pores unblocked. It has been used through the ages to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis; soothing and relaxing irritating skin. (source)

I don't know about you but the benefits of using honey and almond oil for skin together just seem to make sense to me!

Here's how I have been applying them:

Mix about 1/2 tsp. raw honey and 1/2 tsp. Almond oil together. (I put in a small container and it usually lasts about a week for me. )Slather on face. Let sit for 10 to 30 minutes. (my mornings are crazy so I end up letting it sit on my face for about 10 minutes) While it's soaking into your skin heat some water up. I usually use the water I have been heating up for my tea or coffee in the morning. Before it gets too hot pour the water onto a washcloth.  You want it hot but not too hot to where it's going to burn you. After the honey and almond oil has done it's job, cover your face with washcloth. Ahhhh.... Let it rest on your face a few minutes and try to relax and enjoy it... if you can. Rub all over face, cleaning all the honey and almond oil off. You're done!

I love doing this at the start of my day and then applying my make up afterwards. Immediately after doing this I can see how my pores have gotten smaller and cleared up and it feels amazing!

This mask has now become part of my morning skincare routine that I look forward to every day. Not only is it doing good things for my skin but it also leaves my face feeling rejuvenated and moisturized; something I think we all want for our skin no matter how old we are!


Do you have a skincare routine? 

What have you found that helps your skin stay healthy?

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"Tomorrow is always fresh" print

Tuesday, February 23, 2016





Some days are go great; others...well they don't always go so well. We mess up, someone else messes up. We try and either succeed or fail. On the days that don't go according to plan it's nice to know we can start again afresh tomorrow. There are some days I definitely wish I could have a do over. On those days I have been consciously trying to ask God to help me turn the day around and give it to him. All my expectations, all my plans, all my hopes and all my desires. When I do, I realize that I was never in control to begin with and that God has so much grace for me to start a fresh even in that moment.

If you are a die hard Anne of Green Gables fan like me, you will have already have heard this quote. If not you need to become one;) If you read my post last week about all my plans not going according to plan; you will know that I can totally relate to Anne... and I think you can too. I hope you will print this
out and put it up somewhere you can see it all the time, so that you can be reminded on those days when nothing is going right, that you can start afresh tomorrow with a blank slate! ( or even the rest of the day;)

How do we do this? By asking God for forgiveness and grace to do what we can't do in our own strength. He is so faithful to forgive us and fill us with hope and strength to face tomorrow!

--->Print here 

2 Week Dinner Meal Plan

Sunday, February 21, 2016


 It's that time again. Yup. Meal Planning. We. Can. Do. This.

I am really trying to stick with this. It's not always easy but always so comforting to know what I am going to make to feed my always hungry family. So every two weeks I have been determined to sit down, look for new meal ideas and write them down on my 2 week meal planner. I am also sharing them here to give me extra accountability and hopefully give you some ideas also. You would think with all the resources we have at our fingertips it would be easy but sometimes it just isn't. I am hoping the more I do this the easier it will get! Here goes! You might recognize some of the meals from my last meal planning post because I am not going to make something new every night.

Week 1

Sunday- Swedish Meatballs from Serious Eats

Monday- Basil Lime Chicken from Goodness Gracious. One of our favs! Goes great on salads or in tacos.

Tuesday-Sauteed Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce with green beans and rice from the Pioneer Woman

Wednesday- Beef and Mushroom Rice Casserole from Turning It Home. I used ground turkey and white rice and half chicken broth, half water. I also put in green beans instead of mushrooms.

Thursday- Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Mac and Cheese- my recipe:) My kids all time favorite!

Friday- Homemade Pizza my recipe

Saturday- Crockpot Carne Asada Beer Chili from Half Baked Harvest (I used venison)

Week 2

Sunday- Crockpot Butter Chicken from Half Baked Harvest

Monday- Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap from Crem de la Crumb

Tuesday-Pesto Pasta - simply boil pasta of choice and add pesto. We like to add feta. Serve with salad.

Wednesday- Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana from the Chunky Chef

Thursday- Lasagna- usually good recipe on back of noodle box. I don't boil the noodles but bake in oven. Just be sure to cover all of noodles with sauce. Serve with garlic bread and salad.

Friday-Chicken Red Curry from Thai Kitchen. I kind of came up with  my own recipe that I'll have to post soon but this is pretty close. Serve with rice.

Saturday-Honey Roast Chicken with peas and rice from Better Homes and Gardens

I don't know about you but after cooking all week I like a little break on the weekends. So we usually get doughnuts for breakfast on the weekends( don't judge me;P) and eat out for lunch. Usually subs from Publix and Panda Express. So with all the time I saved from not having to cook all weekend I try to use it to meal plan and hang out with family and friends. I hope these meals help inspire you to cook for your family but know it's okay to take a break from cooking too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Do you meal plan?

Have you been able to do it consistently?

What has helped you to stick with it?

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Even the best plans will not always go as planned

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


Today was really, really hard. I said and did things I am not proud of. My kids said and did things I am not proud of. My heart felt like it was going to come out of my chest with all the anxiety I was experiencing. Nothing catastrophic happened, just a trying day of homeschooling that I wasn't planning on.

You see, I had planned on this day being great. I had literally spent a couple hours during the weekend lesson planning, and I was honestly excited about doing school today. I had everything planned out to the T. I was prepared, focused and looking forward to spending time with and teaching my children. I even got up early, exercised and spent some time reading my Bible. I made a big pancake breakfast and felt I had done everything to start our school day on the right foot.

As soon as I tried to corral my children and have our Bible time, things just went from bad to worse. No one would come when I asked. When I finally got the big kids to sit down the little ones started running around in circles; fighting over a toy. The big ones then got distracted and tried intervening. Someone got hurt; crying ensued.

We somehow got through our Bible portion and went on to math. Oh math... how I detest you. Why do you cause such an upheaval in my home?? As I worked on math with one child explaining a simple problem; tears started falling. I finally got the tears to subside and went to check on the other child who was supposed to be working on his math problem. Nothing was done, as he was fooling around with his little brother. I helped refocus him and went to do school with my daughter. Not too long after, I heard unnatural noises coming from the other room. An all out brawl was going on between my older boys. Someone had hurt the other and then in turn hurt that brother. I was furious! I did and said those things that I wasn't proud of and then dealt with them. I came back and apologized and then they apologized and we all had a group hug and were soon laughing.

I wish I could say the rest of the day went great but it was still hard. In between all of the kafuffle I had found out some upsetting news and it took one of the boys 2 hours to finish his math work!! I really just wanted to give up on our day. I even locked myself in my room to shed some tears of frustration. It helped a little. I wanted to call my husband or a friend and vent to them about my day but I knew what I really needed was to cry out to God and look to his word.

Thankfully we finished school and I stepped outside while they watched a science program. I opened up to Psalms and Proverbs and was able to let God's word wash over and speak truth to me. It was just what I needed. I am so thankful that when I do have hard days, I have such an innate need to seek God and hear from him. Nothing else fills me with such hope and joy in the midst of a hard day.

I still am having a few leftover heart palpitations and I can't wait to talk to my husband and an empathetic friend, but I know the biggest battle has been fought against my flesh and my failings by going to the Lord first. My emotions can get the better of me at times but I don't want them to rule me. I have to fight daily to put my will into submission to Christ. I failed many times at doing this today but I am so thankful for God's grace as I admit my shortcomings.

You would think that I would be used to things not going as planned. You would think that I would be accustomed to my children not doing everything exactly as I have asked or not responding to my directions immediately or perfectly...but no; I still have a lot to learn. I know that a big factor is in how I respond. When I don't respond rightly to a situation, I am the one who changes the course of our day. I think God is trying to gently show me when my plans go awry and and my expectations are not met that I am not in control...he is.

I feel like I must sound like a broken record to you sometimes as I vent about the hardships of homeschooling, but I want you to know not every day is like today and I really do love homeschooling;)

I want you to know that if you have hard days you are not alone. I would much rather share with you about our great days, and how because I planned and prepared our days go perfectly. There will be days when I share how my hard work has payed off, but today I just wanted to be real with you. I wanted you to know that even the best laid plans will not always go as planned. When these days happen; crying out to God in our weaknesses, humbling ourselves, asking for forgiveness and for God to fill us afresh with his strength and joy ... is our best plan of action!

Here are some of the scriptures that helped me gain new insight and encouragement.

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." Proverbs 19:21

"You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word." Psalms 119:114

"The unfolding of your word gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name. Keep steady my steps according to your promise, let no iniquity get dominion over me." Psalm 119:130-133

At the end of the day I have the sweetest kids ever who continue to tell me and show me how much they love me...even though I have blown it with them. They are the best and I am so thankful I can start tomorrow afresh with them!

You might not be a homeschooler or a mom, but if you are reading this and you have had nothing go as planned this week also, these truths can apply to you also. God is faithful and waiting for you to cry out to him to give you the grace and strength you need to face whatever your day throws at you!

Have you had a hard day this week?

How did you respond?

Do you get frustrated when your plans do go as planned?

This post is part of 100 top homeschool posts over at My Joy Filled Life. Be sure to click the link below to read other great post on homeschooling!!!

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The richest,chocolatiest, hot chocolate ever!

Sunday, February 14, 2016


I know that most of you have probably been experiencing colder temperatures for a while now, but here in Florida we are just experiencing cooler weather. In my opinion any weather under 60 degrees is an excuse to make hot chocolate.

All year long my kids beg me to make hot chocolate but it is really hard to make and enjoy hot chocolate when it's 80 or 90 degrees out. We went to Virginia over Thanksgiving and I think we must have made hot chocolate every day. No joke. I still am carrying the extra pounds I put on from that trip. There is something about cold weather that makes me want to bake, snuggle up and read and of course... make hot chocolate. Good thing we live in Florida or I would be in big trouble;)

I am not sure how much longer our little cold spell will last so we have been making hot chocolate a lot. Today being Valentine's Day was an extra excuse to make it also. Nothing says love like chocolatey creamy hot goodness!

If you have never had homemade hot chocolate made with real milk, sugar and cocoa; be prepared to have your taste buds blown. That stuff you buy in the box. You know those little packages? That is not hot chocolate. It pretty much tastes like water compared to this stuff. I am a firm believer that if you are going to indulge yourself in a treat; it's all or nothing! So go ahead and treat yo self and your loved ones to this delicious treat in a cup!

Homemade Hot Chocolate and Whipped Cream
serves 4

Ingredients:
4 cups of milk
1/2c. sugar
1/4c. cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1tsp. vanilla
1Tbs. already brewed coffee(optional) For enhancing flavor.

Whipped Cream
Mix 1 cup of heavy cream and 2Tbs sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add 1 tsp vanilla if desired.

Directions:
Stir cocoa powder and sugar in a medium pot. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Add in salt and coffee and vanilla. Remove from heat. Use a ladle to pour into cups. Top with homemade whipped cream. Savor and enjoy!

Does cold weather make you want to bake, eat and cozy up?

Have you ever made homemade hot chocolate?

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Love is...printable

Saturday, February 13, 2016

I couldn't let Valentine's Day pass without at least reflecting upon love a little bit and giving you this reminder of what love is really all about. I feel like we toss the word love around so flippantly without even thinking about it. I love ice cream. I love those new shoes. I love your hair. I love that picture. And that's okay. But I feel that in our culture love is defined by a mushy love scene in a movie, chocolates, roses, a crush, physical affection, butterflies in our stomach. And those are all great, but are not the definition of love. Though we do feel love; love is not a feeling. Love is an action.

I feel like God must be looking down at us sometimes thinking as Inigo Montoya(from the iconic Princess Bride) phrases so cleverly, 
                      
                               "I do not think that word means what you think it means."

The true definition and measure of love is... perfect blood spilled out on a painful cross.

Love is... forgiving those that don't deserve forgiveness.

Love is... showing kindness even when it isn't received back.

Love is...giving of yourself without expecting anything in return.

Love is...choosing to do what is right even though it is easier to do what is wrong.

If you are reading these words and thinking, " I don't love like that." Don't worry, none of us do naturally. Our ability to love can only go so far, but through Jesus we can do the impossible. He is the only one who loves perfectly and can fill us with his love to love others like he does.

I need to be reminded every day what true love is. The best reminder I know comes from God; who is love and is the author of love. I made this printable to hopefully inspire you and I this Valentine's Day, and every day to remember what true love really looks like.

---->Love is... printable 


The best all natural homemade diaper cream

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


I didn't think I would be using diaper cream now that I have a 2 year old, but my poor little guy had the worst rash he has ever had this last week. His poor little bum was so red and raw. He usually let's me know by the smell and with his words when he has a poop but I somehow let it go for longer than usual. I felt so bad.:( But this boy poops way more than I think is normal. Seriously, I wish I had his metabolism!


Ever since I had my first born son 10 years ago,( that's crazy!) I have been making my own diaper cream which I  call butt cream. It has been my go to gift for baby showers and is so easy to make!


I buy all the ingredients in bulk because I use them for so many other body products as well. Thankfully I had all the ingredients on hand and as soon as I saw my little guy's red bum I went to work concocting this amazing recipe. I have been using it on him for the past week and his rash is almost gone! Yay!

Here is what you will need:
Makes enough to fill one 4oz. jar.

1/3 C. Raw organic Shea butter- has the ability to speed healing of rashes, minor wounds and even eczema.

1/4 C. Extra Virgin Organic Coconut oil-repairs and softens skin.

1/2 oz. Beeswax- natural protectant that helps heal wounds and soothes itchy skin.

1 Tbs. Zinc Oxide Powder- naturally seals out wetness to keep skin dry and heals wound because of it's anti-inflammatory properties.

3 Tbs. Arrowroot powder- softens skin by enabling it to absorb moisture and is also a thickening agent.

1tsp. Almond Oil- reduces irritation and helps support healing process

Pot for boiling water

Glass bowl for melting ingredients

Container for diaper cream

Directions:

Fill pot 3/4 full with water and bring to medium heat. Find a glass bowl that fits over pot to make a double boiler. ( I have one that I only use for making body products) Place shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax in bowl. Stir until melted about 15-20 minutes over simmering water. Once melted set on counter or fridge to cool. Once cool add zinc oxide and almond oil. Add arrowroot one Tbs. at a time until well incorporated. It might not look like the cream is thickening but just give it a little time and it will thicken up nicely. Place in container of your choice and keep in cool dry place for safekeeping until a rash arises. I use these plastic containers for carrying in my purse. Baby food jars also work great.


As you can see this butt cream is jam packed with all the good stuff to bring relief and healing to your baby's sweet bottom. No need to buy a product filled with unnecessary chemicals when you can make your own diaper cream with all natural effective ingredients!

Now that you have all these great ingredients you can make some more of the body care products that I hope to share with you soon!

If your little babes are suffering from a sore bum, be sure to try this great recipe and watch their owies go away for good!



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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Monday, February 8, 2016

My kids could eat chicken nuggets everyday...and never complain. But going to Chick fil a can be expensive and I don't think McDonald's chicken nuggets are really even chicken. In order to satisfy my children's craving for these tender little nuggets of goodness; I started making my own. They are not only better tasting and healthier, but way more affordable!

I usually buy a whole pack of chicken breasts at Sam's club and make them all into chicken nuggets. Not only do my children love them but my husband and I do also. I love putting them in my salads and they go great with our favorite homemade mac and cheese!

By the time you would go to wait in line and order some greasy chicken nuggets you could have already made these at home. My favorite thing about these is that they are baked and the clean up is so easy...really!

INGREDIENTS:

Chicken Breasts
Egg/ or buttermilk for dipping chicken into.
Bread crumbs. We like Italian.
Olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Coat with olive oil.
Cut up chicken breasts lengthwise in half. Making them thinner. Then cut into smaller pieces to your liking.  I usually use a shallow dishes to put the egg wash/ buttermilk and breadcrumbs in. Dip into beaten egg or buttermilk. Really both work great! Then coat in breadcrumbs. Lay in pan and cook for 15- 20 minutes. Turning over in the middle of cooking.

See, wasn't that easy!?
Not only will your kids think you are amazing but your bank account will also!

My kids love to eat them with our homemade honey mustard sauce.

Honey Mustard Sauce
1c. of Mayonnaise
1/4c. Mustard
2Tbs. Honey

Mix and serve with chicken nuggets!

Have you made homemade chicken nuggets before? 

What is your kid's favorite meal?

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2 Week Meal Plan

Saturday, February 6, 2016


"What is for dinner mom?" It's the question of the ages and the question that is asked the most frequently in my home among other questions like, "Do we have to do school today?" and "What is for breakfast and lunch!!"

I shared my goals at the beginning of the year, and meal planning was of course one of the goals I wanted to meet. Last week I shared how I am meeting my meal planning goals and today I am going to share with you what I am actually cooking!

Meal planning has always been a struggle for me. One week I am on it and the next week I have given up. I love to cook and my heart does somersaults when I hear my husband and children say,"This is the best thing we have ever eaten!" or "You are the best mom ever!" It really is the best!

I have come to find that good food is one of my children's and husband's way of receiving love. (And mine too) When my kids find out I am making them one of my favorite meals they jump up and down screaming, "I love you mommy, I love you mommy!!" So I try really hard to make them meals I know they will eat. Of course there are many times when they don't like a meal, or complain about some of the ingredients and my response is "Too bad!"

I am truly blessed to have a husband that fishes and hunts. Throughout the year we eat, fresh fish, crab claws, shrimp, venison, wild hog and turkey. Not only does my husband hunt but he cooks also! Just last week he killed a wild hog AND made bratwursts out of it. They were delicious! I know, I am so spoiled!

Even with all the fresh meat and fish we have, I still find myself stumped sometimes for meal ideas. I have found the problem is that if I don't have written down what we are having for dinner I will be scrambling at the last second trying to defrost some meat, missing an ingredient or I didn't prepare everything in advance. The simple task of writing down a week or two worth of meals has saved me so much frustration. You would think with all the mouths I have to feed I would have already been on top of this. Sadly, it's only been the past couple of months that I have finally gotten serious about sticking to a meal plan.

I think the most daunting thing about feeding your family is that they will once again be hungry AND you have to clean up after they are done eating. I know I will probably always go through seasons of being excited and prepared, and seasons of being unmotivated and burnt out. But I know when I stick to my guns and stay focused on providing my family with continuous good meals we will all be the better for it.

So without further ado here is what one of our weeks of planned meals look like. I am so appreciative of getting meal ideas from other blogs so I hope this is helpful to you! Here is the meal planner printable that I use.

2 Week Meal Plan

WEEK 1

SUNDAY-  Crockpot Carnitas Chilaquiles ( I used venison)

From Half Baked Harvest( my all time favorite food blog) Saturday night I put the meat in the crock pot and put the finishing touches on the meal Sunday afternoon. What could be better than not having to cook on Sunday? Also a great for Super bowl Sunday. (if you are into that, us...not so much)

MONDAY- Penne Alla Betsy

 From Pioneer Woman. Monday can be rough; make it easy on yourself with this easy delicious meal!

TUESDAY-  Cashew Chicken

Again from the Pioneer Woman. It may sound intimidating but really is so easy!

WEDNESDAY-  Crockpot Tikka Masala

From Table for Two. Wednesday is a long day for us with church at night so it's absolutely necessary to have something easy and ready at night. The crockpot is the best invention ever aside from air conditioning.
THURSDAY-  Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup - My recipe. So good!

FRIDAY- Homemade Pizza

My dough recipe. The. best. pizza. ever.

WEEK 2

SUNDAY- Crockpot Ramen Noodle Soup (Seriously SO good!) Again, prepare meat in crockpot the night before. I used venison of course;)

MONDAY- Chicken Enchiladas- My recipe.

(prepare chicken in crockpot in the morning) Put Chicken breasts in crockpot with chicken broth and taco seasoning packet. Cook for at least 4 hours. Shred. Add a little salsa verde, shredded cheese and heavy cream. Coat casserole dish in heavy cream and salsa verde. Add chicken mixture to corn tortillas. Roll up and place in dish. Cover in more heavy cream and salsa. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover in aluminum foil. Bake for 20 min at 350. Remove foil and bake 5 more minutes.

TUESDAY-Sour Cream Noodle Bake from the Pioneer Woman. I usually make 2 and freeze 1.

WEDNESDAY- BBQ Pork Honey and Vinegar/ or Venison Sandwiches- It shows how to make your own barbeque sauce in the recipe but you could totally use a store bought jar.

THURSDAY- Pad Thai
This has become one our family favorites. Don't be intimidated. It's so easy.

FRIDAY-Mexican Hamburger Casserole

SATURDAY- Honey Roast Chicken

As you can see we don't mess around in the Harris household. We like to eat tasty food every. day. ! And we are most definitely meat eaters. I try to never have to make lunch and use the leftovers from dinner the night before. Because really, who wants to be cooking 3x a day? Not me! Once is even too much. But if you put the effort into at least one good home cooked meal a day it will be totally worth it, and you will find your family singing your praises also!

I have found that keeping a list of all our favorite meals is so helpful and saves me wondering what to make for dinner. If this was helpful to you I hope to be able to share my 2 week meal plan with you every 2 weeks! I know it will be helpful to me to be kept accountable and also to stay on top of meal planning!

Remember that I have to feed a family of 7! This might not be the case for you. If not, this plan could probably last you a whole month!

Happy Meal Planning...and Cooking!

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